Throughout the month of January, the works of North Shore encaustic artist Stéphanie Williams will be available to see in the Benjamin and Ruth Muse Meeting Room during most of the library’s open hours. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves heated beeswax. The artist will offer a talk with a hands-on activity on Saturday, January 3rd from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Please call the library to register, as space is limited: 508-760-6219.
As an artist, Stéphanie Williams wants to share her language, not her eroding French or her syntax-challenged English, but her transcription of the effect of nature, people, creatures, environments, and energies on her. Her process is mainly experiential. She sketches copiously; she immerses herself in her surroundings; and she welcomes incidents that frustrate, twist, drain, and, most likely, rejuvenate during the making of each piece. She has kept bees for over 14 years. Beeswax with its unique smell, feel, and translucent quality has made its way into her work.
Born and raised in Normandy, France, Stéphanie has lived and worked in nine cities and three countries. Today, she is a designer, teacher, beekeeper, mother and artist, happily calling the North Shore of Boston her home. On her travels, she always packs a sketchbook. These humble journals hold some of her fondest memories. Her works derive from such sketches and lucky encounters. She does business as PIWIT STUDIO. Check out her website at www.piwitstudio.com